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« on: February 10, 2004 02:12:03 AM »

OK, Right now I am in Italy studying for a semester, and the yarn here is cheap and plentiful. Hooray!
The problem is, I found some gorgeous 100% alpaca, about doubleknitting weight, and I want to buy it but I don't know what to do with it. A sweater would take forever (and I just knitted two) and i am afraid it would be too warm... I live in Portland OR during the year and it is usually not too cold.  Any ideas? These colors are just beautiful, and the price is right.
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2004 02:59:32 AM »

Hmm well the first thought that came to mind is purses/handbags, then you would not have to worry about them being too warm!  Wink

I live in California (and though winters can get a bit nippy it does not call for snow gear) so I've taken a liking to making scarfs/hats/sweaters using a looser knit, as not to have the garment too warm... If you want something decorative, there are some quite pretty lace stitch patterns which could work quite well not only for looks, but it'd work well in not overheating the wearer... knitting.about.com has a few examples...

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2004 12:01:12 PM »

I suggest that you swatch it up and see what the resulting fabric suggests to you.  You will probably Smiley find it pretty drapey.  Yes, it is warm, but it is really light too. Alpaca also tends to show stitch texture really nicely.

Because of the drapeyness, should probably avoid anything too structured.

since Italy is also home to some of  the most beautiful knitwear (oooh, Missoni), you may find some inspiration there.
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2004 01:51:50 PM »

Probably for the best, since I don't think alpacas enjoy being made into sweaters.   Wink

But seriously, hats, scarves, mittens, slipper-socks, handbags, alpaca-shaped finger puppets, or just send it to me.  I live in Nebraksa, and we topped freezing yesterday for the first time in almost a month.  And finally, the 20" of snow is starting to melt.  It has been joked that there are only three seasons in Nebraska.  Winter, thunderstorm and construction.

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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2004 02:56:50 AM »

OK, I think I am going to try to make a shawl. The yarn is so soft, maybe i can give it to my mom.

mm, i will post a picture of it maybe... so sumptuous and gorgeous!!!!
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